Pluralism in Architecture – a partnership between Maki and Associates and the AKDN

The Aga Khan Centre, London, UK is a place of education, knowledge, cultural exchange and insight into Muslim civilisations. The building is the UK home for three organisations founded by His Highness Aga Khan IV, the hereditary spiritual leader of the Shi‘a Ismaili Muslims.

In this video produced by Open house London, Matt Reed (CEO, Aga Khan Foundation, UK) gives a guided tour of this building which is designed to represent the values of openness, dialogue and respect for different viewpoints (pluralism). The architecture incorporates a collection of gardens, courtyards and terraces that provides an insight into the diversity and influence of Islamic landscape design around the world and through history.

Video source: Aga Khan Foundation UK (Youtube)


The Aga Khan Centre, London, was designed by Fumihiko Maki, one of Japan’s most distinguished contemporary architects. As part of the Open House Festival 2020, Maki and Associates’ lead architect Gary Kamemoto was invited for a webinar session which was moderated by Victoria Jessen-Pike, an independent consultant who was part of the AKDN Design and Project team in King’s Cross London including the Aga Khan Centre.

In this session, Gary Kamemoto shared the fascinating story of how his firm’s partnership with AKDN evolved and took shape. Kamemoto’s presentation provided an in-depth look at the innovative processes and materials used to achieve this trio (The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Canada, the Aga Khan Museum, Canada, and the Aga Khan Centre, London, UK) of iconic and distinct buildings that make up the Maki and Associates and AKDN trilogy.

Video source: Aga Khan Foundation UK (Youtube)




Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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